Improving Assessments

January 9, 2018
Starting this spring, faculty will begin transitioning to TCC’s new assessment system, Improve (formerly TracDat).

The new system, which replaces Weave, will roll out in phases during the spring semester, and be fully integrated in the fall. Improve addresses many of the criticisms users had with Weave, and should lead to more meaningful and robust Learning Outcomes assessment.

“The point of assessment is to provide the best learning experience for our students,” says Jennifer Ivie, Ph.D., TCC’s Director of Institutional Research & Assessment. “Assessment helps inform those decisions. Faculty already do this. They already assess what they want their students to learn in the class. We’re just formalizing it. And, we’re providing resources faculty need in order to easily capture the learning that occurs in the course or program.”

A key benefit of the new system is knowledge management, because it allows instructors to archive assessment information and resources. Data gathered from assessments will not be used to evaluate faculty, but rather to gauge collaboration, innovation, curiosity and continuous improvement toward fulfilling TCC’s mission and commitment to student success.

The new tool will also help prepare for a visit from the Higher Learning Commission in September as Criterion 4 requires the institution demonstrate responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments and support services, and evaluate their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.

Allison Tifft, Ph.D., TCC’s new Assessment Program Manager, is available to assist faculty and staff with the transition to the new system, as well as with anything else related to learning outcomes assessment.

“I’m the new go-to person for anything related to assessment,” says Tifft. “I support our Faculty Assessment Facilitators, and provide training, technical support, and any information or guidance faculty and staff need in the assessment process.”

For more information about Assessment, as well as the complete list of Faculty Assessment Facilitators, visit the IR&A Assessment website.